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Ben Carson’s ‘Congregation’ Gets a Little Smaller for Now

Back on May 28, Dr. Ben Carson sent e-mails touting his lack of a voting record in office, contending his lack of political experience as a major advantage, not a liability. Earlier in the month, his campaign assured me that there was no problem with the lack of a formal group of policy advisers, but that an “initial congregation” is in the works.

At least for now, the congregation is getting smaller, not larger, according to the Washington Post :

Carson’s associates described a political network in tumult in interviews Friday, saying the retired neurosurgeon’s campaign chairman, national finance chairman, deputy campaign manager and general counsel have all resigned since Carson formally launched his bid last month in Detroit. They have not been replaced, campaign officials said…

Before the exodus, Carson’s operation was mostly controlled by Giles and conservative commentator Armstrong Williams, who for decades has been Carson’s business manager, gatekeeper and friend. Giles’ exit to the super PAC side, where he will be prohibited from directly coordinating with Carson or his campaign, leaves Williams as the candidate’s chief confidant.

“Things happen, man,” Williams said of the changes. “That’s the way life works. You start out with one idea, hoping it all works out, and then you get a better understanding of what needs to happen. Remember, we’re not a necessarily a group of political people.”

It might be helpful to have some political people involved with a political endeavor.

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